Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction with a $17...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. Anthony...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series. Authors...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/14